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Bomani Jones Calls Into Will Cain Show To Debate Host

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Tuesday night, Will Cain criticized NASCAR and the media for rushing to judgement on reporting a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage. It was described as a hate crime against a Black driver, but an FBI investigation concluded the rope had been there since last year and was not an act of racist intimidation against Wallace. 

Wednesday on First Take, Cain said NASCAR screwing up the noose incident moves society backwards and was an impediment to race relations in this country. It led Bomani Jones to call into Cain’s radio show and debate the sentiment. 

Yes Jones called in and took Cain to task and yes it was an intense conversation, but more than a radio fight, it was a productive dialogue. 

“The impediment to racism is white people not treating black people as being of equal levels of humanity, that’s the answer for all of time,” Jones said, “The reason I wanted to call in, it’s very important to note this especially considering the power dynamics. Me viewing you, for example, through the lens of just being a part of a group and not an individual, doesn’t have any negative effect on your life. You viewing others the other way actually does have a negative effect on their life. It’s not the same thing. We can’t do the both sides and human beings are judged like this because there has been a level of subjugation to people in this country that is uncommon and is not something that we can look at across all the world and describe all this necessarily as tribalism.” 

“The problem I have is, when you say that what happened with Bubba Wallace is going to be an impediment to race relations,” Jones continued. “Nah, man, those people rolling on Speedway Boulevard before that race with those flags flying, those are an impediment to race relations. The person that had a flag, had a thing that said ‘defund NASCAR’ on Sunday over the track, that’s an impediment to race relations.”

Jones said those are far bigger impediments to race relations than what was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage. He also applauded NASCAR for checking out what appeared to be a noose, even though the FBI deemed it was only a rope pull. 

“You can’t tell people not to overreact when you see what you think is a noose and then justify people overreacting on the backend to the idea that it did not go the way it appeared to have,” Bomani said. 

“I feel very passionately about this fact,” Cain said. “I am not the one undercutting the idea of people’s ability to accept that racism takes place, false claims like this undercut that. That is what empowers those who think that things are hoaxes.”

“Let me tell you what empowers those people,” Jones responded. “Racism is what empowers those people. If this had been real and the next one is fake, they’re still going to jump on the fake one and ignore the real one.”

Jones noted there are so many examples of racism, yet people still fixate on the one that turned out to be false. We saw blatant acts of racism around Talladega Speedway as people defied and fought NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag. But instead of seeing outrage over those overt acts of racism, the outrage is directed at NASCAR for investigating what they believed to be a noose hanging in the garage of a Black driver. 

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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